Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and the same are hereby, appropriated, to be paid out of any unappropriated money in the Treasury, viz:
Pay and mileage of members of Congress.For pay and mileage of the members of Congress and delegates, two hundred and forty-eight thousand five hundred dollars.
Expenses of the Senate.For stationery, fuel, printing, and all other contingent expenses of the Senate, thirty thousand dollars.
Expenses of the House of Representatives.For stationery, fuel, printing, and all other contingent expenses of the House of Representatives, fifty thousand dollars.
Expenses of the Navy, act of March 3, 1837, chap. 30.For the contingent expenses of the navy, as enumerated in the act of the third of March last, in addition to the amount appropriated by that act, one hundred and twenty thousand dollars.
Relief and protection of American seamen.For the relief and protection of American seamen in foreign countries, ten thousand dollars.
U. S. claim to the Smithson legacy.For defraying the expenses attending the prosecution of the claim of the United States to the legacy bequeathed by the late James Smithson, of London, five thousand dollars.
Expenses in the Treasurer’s office.For contingent expenses in the office of the Treasurer, five hundred dollars.
Documents ordered by resolutions of the Senate, &c.For preparing, printing, and binding documents ordered by the resolutions of the Senate of the second of July, 1836, twenty-fifth of February, 1837, and second of March, 1837, to be disbursed under the direction of the Committee to audit and control the contingent expenses of the Senate, twenty-five thousand dollars.
If the revenue remaining in the heads of the collecting officers be not sufficient at any time to pay debentures, &c.Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That, if the revenue from duties, or from the sales of public lands remaining in the hands of the receiving and collecting officers, be not sufficient at any time to pay debentures and other charges which are by existing laws made payable out of the accruing revenue before it is transferred to the credit of the Treasurer, the Secretary of the Treasury is hereby authorized to pay the said debentures and other charges out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.
The Secretary of the Treasury authorized to arrange and settle outstanding drafts given to transfer moneys to the States under act 23d June, 1836, ch. 115, &c.Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby authorized, to arrange and settle any of the outstanding transfer drafts given to transfer moneys to the States under the act of twenty-third of June, 1836, and which have not been paid by the depositories upon which they were drawn, or otherwise arranged and settled by the United States, by receiving such drafts at par in payment of any debts due to the United States, without any allowance of interest for the time the drafts have been outstanding and unpaid, or any other allowance for interest or damages of any description.
Approved, October 16, 1837.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,Postage on letters sent by the Express Mail to be paid in advance. That the Postmaster General be, and he is hereby, directed to cause the postage on all letters sent by the Express Mail of the United States to be paid in advance at the time of depositing them for transportation by said mail.Approved, October 12, 1837.